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May 2, 2016

A Mother's Day Gift That Moms Will Love!

By Shari Carter
Grades PreK–K, 1–2, 3–5

    The most memorable gifts I have received are the gifts that my children made for me at school. These painted Mason jars are a great way to make my students’ moms feel special on Mother’s Day. They are super easy to make, adorable to look at, and fit right into a teacher’s tight budget.

    This project requires more hands-on help from the teacher than others (but the cuteness factor remains intact!). For instance, spray paint and Mod Podge are definite teacher jobs. Although they don't do a lot of the work on these jars, students still are over-the-moon-excited to give them to their moms!!

     

    What You Need to Get Started

    • Quart-size Mason jars

    • Pictures of your students

    • Spray paint

    • Mod Podge

    • Paint brush(es)

    • Flowers

    • Ribbon (optional)

     

    Painting Your Jars

    It’s time to paint your mason jar in the color of your choosing. I usually pick three different colors and let the children choose their favorite color. We went with Gum Drop, Blue Ocean Breeze, and Bright Idea. It was a good thing I didn’t have to choose because I LOVE them all!

    Note: I really like Krylon’s CoverMax spray paint. It goes on pretty evenly and is a paint and primer all in one. No matter what paint you choose, just make sure it can be used on glass. 

     

    Take Pictures of Your Students

    1. Take close-up pictures of your students.

    2. Find a good background for your pictures. (I love using the brick on the outside of our building as a unique and textured background.)

    3. Size your pictures and print them in black and white on regular copy paper. 

    Putting Pictures on the Jars

    1. It's really important to let the jars completely dry before adding the pictures. This usually occurs within one hour, or you can just wait overnight if you have the time.

    2. Use Mod Podge (in matte) to adhere students’ pictures to the jars.

    3. Paint the back of the pictures with the Mod Podge and then stick them on the jars.

    4. After making sure your picture is straight, paint over the top of it, making sure that all the edges are sealed to the jar. Here is a point students can help by painting over the pictures with the Mod Podge.

    Making Them Last Forever

    These Mason jars are so cute and useful, that it's worth it to make them last forever. I like to use a clear acrylic spray paint to seal these little treasures and keep them safe from scratches. This extra step will ensure enjoyment for years to come.

     

    Finishing Touches

    1. As an extra decorative touch, add a coordinating ribbon around the top of the Mason jars. 

    2. Take your flowers (store bought or brought from home to save a little money) and arrange them within the Mason jar.

    Now you have a gorgeous memento that any mother is sure to love!

     

    Making Cards to Go With Your Vases

    My students LOVE making cards and there is no better time to make cards than Mother's Day. If you have followed my posts, you know I have a bee-themed classroom and these cute little bees will make the perfect card to go along with our Mason jar vases this year! I have included the card template if you and your students would like to make these cute cards.

     

    Great Books to Help Spread the Love on Mother's Day!

    The love between a mother and a child is like no other. There are so many good books that help celebrate Mother's Day. Children have an immediate connection to the text and these stories always seem to have such a feel-good tone. All of these titles are available for purchase, but what teacher doesn't love saving a little money? To buy these, and many other books, I have used my bonus points and ordered them through Scholastic Reading Club. Out of the many wonderful Mother's Day books I have acquired through the years, there is one particular title that pulls on my heartstrings . . .

     

    My Very Favorite Mother's Day Book

    This was my 16-year old daughter Ally's favorite book when she was little. We used to read it all the time and now that she is older, it has made a new home in my classroom. Every time I read My Most Thankful Thing I have such fond memories of her and the time we have spent together. I look forward to reading this special book to my students every year, but I have to admit I just can't keep from tearing up at the end. 

    Need more Mother’s Day Inspiration?

    My Top Teaching buddy, Genia Connell has some delightful suggestions for Mother’s Day gifts in her blog post "Mother's Day Made Easy: 3 Quick Gifts."

    Hopefully this post has given you some ideas to help you and your students celebrate Mother's Day! Please share any Mother's Day tips, tricks or ideas you may have up your sleeves. 

    Don't forget to subscribe to my blog on Scholastic Top Teaching if you would like to get my latest posts delivered right to your inbox. 

    Thanks for reading, have fun with your kiddos, and I’ll see you here next time!

    Happy Mother's Day!

    Hugs,

    Shari 

     

    The most memorable gifts I have received are the gifts that my children made for me at school. These painted Mason jars are a great way to make my students’ moms feel special on Mother’s Day. They are super easy to make, adorable to look at, and fit right into a teacher’s tight budget.

    This project requires more hands-on help from the teacher than others (but the cuteness factor remains intact!). For instance, spray paint and Mod Podge are definite teacher jobs. Although they don't do a lot of the work on these jars, students still are over-the-moon-excited to give them to their moms!!

     

    What You Need to Get Started

    • Quart-size Mason jars

    • Pictures of your students

    • Spray paint

    • Mod Podge

    • Paint brush(es)

    • Flowers

    • Ribbon (optional)

     

    Painting Your Jars

    It’s time to paint your mason jar in the color of your choosing. I usually pick three different colors and let the children choose their favorite color. We went with Gum Drop, Blue Ocean Breeze, and Bright Idea. It was a good thing I didn’t have to choose because I LOVE them all!

    Note: I really like Krylon’s CoverMax spray paint. It goes on pretty evenly and is a paint and primer all in one. No matter what paint you choose, just make sure it can be used on glass. 

     

    Take Pictures of Your Students

    1. Take close-up pictures of your students.

    2. Find a good background for your pictures. (I love using the brick on the outside of our building as a unique and textured background.)

    3. Size your pictures and print them in black and white on regular copy paper. 

    Putting Pictures on the Jars

    1. It's really important to let the jars completely dry before adding the pictures. This usually occurs within one hour, or you can just wait overnight if you have the time.

    2. Use Mod Podge (in matte) to adhere students’ pictures to the jars.

    3. Paint the back of the pictures with the Mod Podge and then stick them on the jars.

    4. After making sure your picture is straight, paint over the top of it, making sure that all the edges are sealed to the jar. Here is a point students can help by painting over the pictures with the Mod Podge.

    Making Them Last Forever

    These Mason jars are so cute and useful, that it's worth it to make them last forever. I like to use a clear acrylic spray paint to seal these little treasures and keep them safe from scratches. This extra step will ensure enjoyment for years to come.

     

    Finishing Touches

    1. As an extra decorative touch, add a coordinating ribbon around the top of the Mason jars. 

    2. Take your flowers (store bought or brought from home to save a little money) and arrange them within the Mason jar.

    Now you have a gorgeous memento that any mother is sure to love!

     

    Making Cards to Go With Your Vases

    My students LOVE making cards and there is no better time to make cards than Mother's Day. If you have followed my posts, you know I have a bee-themed classroom and these cute little bees will make the perfect card to go along with our Mason jar vases this year! I have included the card template if you and your students would like to make these cute cards.

     

    Great Books to Help Spread the Love on Mother's Day!

    The love between a mother and a child is like no other. There are so many good books that help celebrate Mother's Day. Children have an immediate connection to the text and these stories always seem to have such a feel-good tone. All of these titles are available for purchase, but what teacher doesn't love saving a little money? To buy these, and many other books, I have used my bonus points and ordered them through Scholastic Reading Club. Out of the many wonderful Mother's Day books I have acquired through the years, there is one particular title that pulls on my heartstrings . . .

     

    My Very Favorite Mother's Day Book

    This was my 16-year old daughter Ally's favorite book when she was little. We used to read it all the time and now that she is older, it has made a new home in my classroom. Every time I read My Most Thankful Thing I have such fond memories of her and the time we have spent together. I look forward to reading this special book to my students every year, but I have to admit I just can't keep from tearing up at the end. 

    Need more Mother’s Day Inspiration?

    My Top Teaching buddy, Genia Connell has some delightful suggestions for Mother’s Day gifts in her blog post "Mother's Day Made Easy: 3 Quick Gifts."

    Hopefully this post has given you some ideas to help you and your students celebrate Mother's Day! Please share any Mother's Day tips, tricks or ideas you may have up your sleeves. 

    Don't forget to subscribe to my blog on Scholastic Top Teaching if you would like to get my latest posts delivered right to your inbox. 

    Thanks for reading, have fun with your kiddos, and I’ll see you here next time!

    Happy Mother's Day!

    Hugs,

    Shari 

     

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